Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the Congress for their stand on Triple Talaq and saying that they will abolish the law after coming to power in 2019.
On Thursday, the Congress party had promised that should they be voted back to power in 2019, they will scrap the Triple talaq law. And in reference to those comments, PM Modi, during his rally in West Bengal, attacked the grand old party for constantly opposing the law which aims to make Triple Talaq a punishable offence.
"In front of the country, the Congress exposed its true face when it comes to issues relating to women. Yesterday, Congress publicly accepted that they can go to any extent to do divisive politics. Openly they have said that they will let Triple Talaq continue, they will let Muslim daughters get exploited. They said if we come to power, we will abolish the Triple Talaq law if it is enacted by Modi. Congress has betrayed all the Muslim women who have been cheated over the years. Congress once again showed that it does not regard Supreme Court, which termed Triple Talaq as unconstitutional. The mistake done by Rajiv Gandhi in Shah Bano case has been repeated by the Congress. They have forgotten that those women who suffered from Triple Talaq," the Prime Minister said.
Speaking at the turf of Mamata Banerjee, PM Modi then called out the West Bengal CM to make her stand clear on Triple talaq.
"In West Bengal, a number of Muslim women went through this. Since decades, there has been the demand to abolish Triple Talaq, which our government is trying to do. But for divisive politics, Congress blocked the Triple talaq law in parliament. And now, they are talking about abolishing it. I want to ask Mamata Banerjee, you are a women, then why are you opposing triple talaq bill? Is vote more important for you or the rights of Muslim women? Whatever they may say, I assure the Muslim women that the Triple Talaq law will not be abolished. BJP stands for the rights of women," he added.
The BJP government has been pushing for the Triple Talaq bill, but has met with stiff resistance from a number of opposition parties. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in the Winter session of parliament, but the ruling government could not pass it in Rajya Sabha.